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Case Reports in Pulmonology
Volume 2014, Article ID 851573, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/851573
Case Report

Pulmonary Cement Embolism following Percutaneous Vertebroplasty

1Department of Chest Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, Dumlupınar University, 43100 Kütahya, Turkey
2Department of Chest Diseases, İstanbul Florence Nightingale Hospital, 34381 Istanbul, Turkey
3Department of Chest Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, Karabük University, 78100 Karabük, Turkey
4Department of Chest Diseases, Merzifon Karamustafa Paşa State Hospital, 05300 Amasya, Turkey
5Department of Chest Diseases, Yedikule Chest Diseases and Thoracic Surgery Training and Research Hospital, 34020 Istanbul, Turkey

Received 6 September 2014; Accepted 28 November 2014; Published 14 December 2014

Academic Editor: John Murchison

Copyright © 2014 Ümran Toru et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Percutaneous vertebroplasty is a minimal invasive procedure that is applied for the treatment of osteoporotic vertebral fractures. During vertebroplasty, the leakage of bone cement outside the vertebral body leads to pulmonary cement embolism, which is a serious complication of this procedure. Here we report a 48-year-old man who was admitted to our hospital with dyspnea after percutaneous vertebroplasty and diagnosed as pulmonary cement embolism.